Shotcut free download for Mac


18 February 2020

Free open-source video editor.


Shotcut is a free, open-source, cross-platform video editing software for Mac

  • Video editor supports oodles of audio and video formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
  • Supports many image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, as well as image sequences
  • No import required - native editing
  • Frame-accurate seeking for many formats
  • Multi-format timeline: mix and match resolutions and frame rates within a project
  • Network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
  • Frei0r video generator plugins (e.g., color bars and plasma)
  • Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
  • JACK transport sync
  • Deinterlacing
  • Detailed media properties panel
  • Recent files panel
  • Drag-and-drop files from file manager
  • Save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file
  • Load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip
  • Audio signal level meter
  • Volume control
  • Scrubbing and transport control
  • Flexible UI through dock-able panels
  • Encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
  • Capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK, PulseAudio, IP streams, X11 screen
  • Stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source
  • Batch encoding with job control
  • Create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML playlists
  • Unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view
  • Connect to Melted servers over MVCP TCP protocol
  • Control the transport playback of Melted units
  • Edit Melted playlists including suport for undo/redo
  • OpenGL GPU-based image processing
  • Multi-core parallel image processing when not using GPU (and frame-dropping is disabled)
  • Video filters: blur, color grading, crop, glow, mirror, saturation, sharpen
  • 3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading
  • Eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing
  • Translated to Spanish, French, Czech, and German

Note: Since the application is not signed, you need to Control-click the app icon and choose Open from the context menu the first time you run it.

What's new in Shotcut

Version 20.02.17:
  • Dropping multiple files to Playlist in a new project (broken in v19.12.31)
  • Some broken keyboard shortcuts in the Turkish translation
  • Fixed Properties > Speed not working after a project file repair
  • Clip selection after Insert Track or Remove Track
  • Fixed Playlist > Add Selected to Timeline creates corrupt clips (broken in v19.12.31)
  • Fixed Settings > Display Method > Software (Mesa) on Windows (broken in v19.12.31)
  • Creating a Project folder with leading or trailing spaces
  • Saving the length property in MLT XML as a time value independent of frame rate
  • Starting Text: Simple video filter with "@" shows "0"
  • Seeking previous & next on the first track in Keyframes where you trim a filter or use simple keyframes
  • An unexpected transition is created when moving a clip rightward adjacent to the next clip in Timeline (regression in v19.12.16)
  • Drag-n-drop from Source player to Timeline left player in an inconsistent state (broken in v19.09.14)
  • An inconsistent colorspace conversion when accessing a cached image
  • Fixed Playlist > Copy followed by a change in Properties incorrectly changes the playlist item
  • Clicking on the rectangle control may change its size
  • Using the LUT (3D) filter with file with extended characters in its file path on Windows
  • A crash when using a transition on every track at the same time
  • Improved the reliability of Timeline > Select None
  • Changed Timeline > Master > Properties > Frame rate to show 6 decimal digits
  • Reduced the latency of scrubbing (regression in v19.12.31)
  • Changed the video-overlay rectangle control used in some filters to allow changing the position by dragging from anywhere inside the rectangle
  • To enable, one must first double-click the center circle to put it into a positioning-locked mode. Otherwise, you would be prevented from dragging the clip out of the Source player
  • Changed the Filters panel on macOS to prevent floating to avoid a frequently reported problem of the Filters window appearing blank/black
  • Changed Timeline > clip context menu > Detach Audio to not seek afterwards
  • Improved mouse wheel and trackpad behavior in Timeline
  • Now, you do not need to ensure the mouse pointer is over a clip, speed is reduced, and zoom keeps focal point in view. The new zoom behavior does not apply when using the option Center the Playhead in the timeline menu
  • Upgraded MLT to version 6.20.0 and WebVfx to version 1.2.0
  • Added Settings > Preview Scaling!
  • This reduces the resolution for rendering effects for preview within the app, but there may be added a fair cost to the CPU for down-scaling sources to the preview resolution. Thus, this will be more beneficial when low resolution proxies are created, which is planned for version 20.04 in April
  • Please understand that preview scaling will not always provide perfect fidelity. Some differences are unavoidable especially where blur, softness, and noise are concerned
  • Some filters may not support preview scaling and will process at full project resolution:
    • Choppy
    • Rutt-Etra-Izer
    • Stabilize
    • Text: HTML > Blank with Web Animations
    • Text: HTML > Simple Scroll
    • Text: HTML > Two Column Scroll
  • Added Export > Advanced > Video >Use preview scaling
  • This is intended to provide a faster export for draft review. You should leave the export resolution set to the project resolution unless your preset or video codec dictates a resolution
  • Added Views > Scopes > Video Vector
  • Note that the graticule on this is non-traditional, inspired by Alexis Van Hurkman
  • Added Filters > Audio > Pitch
  • This is handy when changing the speed of a clip anywhere from 4.0x - 0.25x
  • Added the ability to rename clips in Properties by clicking into the header where the name is displayed
  • Added support for using a video clip in Transition Properties > Video
  • This is handy to use with @jonray's matte transitions
  • Added a few more export presets:
    • audio/ALAC
    • audio/FLAC
    • intermediate/DNxHR HQ
    • intermediate/ProRes HQ
    • intermediate/ProRes was changed to ProRes 422
  • Added Arabic translation

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01 June 2018

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Note that the currently downloading version is 18.05.08, released May 8, 2018.
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Version 18.05
01 June 2018
Note that the currently downloading version is 18.05.08, released May 8, 2018.
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Version 18.05
16 August 2017
For those who, like me, are interested in, earlier versions are no longer available at: They are available at: By the way, there you can follow all the advancements of the project. You're served!
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Version 17.06
18 January 2017
The App does what it needs to, but it is not as intuitive as other video packages. But those packages cost money. So, if you’re willing to learn a less Mac-like way of operating when selecting ranges, etc. , you’ll probably be very happy with the plethora of control you have over exported files. The UI knocks off a full star and a half, but if you don’t care about the UI, it’d rate a 5.
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Version 16.12
06 December 2016
This editor is good enough. It is free but it does everything I need in video editing and the process is simple. I also like it is cross-platform so I can use it on both my machines, Mac and Windows which is very convenient for me. A lot of features are available.
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Version 16.12
05 December 2016
best free video editor... works very well on Sierra and MBP 2016
Version 16.12
23 February 2016
Note to Developer:
on the home page it says requirements for OS X is 10.8+. On this MacUpdate page it still says 10.6 or later.

It appears Shotcut is using the Qt version 5 framework. For all those with OS X 10.6, note that Qt 5 is no longer tested against 10.6.
And in case some of you don't know, by 'Qt' , does NOT mean QuickTime, it means the Qt development framework that allows you to write programs using the same code that will run on OS X, Windows and Linux. Calibre is a well known, widely used app you may have heard of that also is built using Qt.
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Version 16.02.01
02 January 2016
Excellent Software. (Almost) easy to use, many export formats
Version 15.06
03 September 2015
A bit of a steep learning curve for someone who's not an expert on video editing tools but amazingly powerful and full featured for a free app (but donations are possible - mine will be on its way very soon!) Thanks to the dev for all his hard work...
Version 15.06
05 April 2015
I've searched for a software to edit .TS files recorded on my sat receiver for quite some time now. I used to convert it into some editable format using handbrake, then edit out start, end and commercials and finally convert it into MPEG/H.264 or the likes. I also tried Wondershare software which was a rather disappointing experience. Then I stumbled on this piece of software and it just does it for me. It imports .TS files via Finder mounted share off of my sat receiver just fine. I can frame-exact place in and out-markers, add sections to the timeline or the playlist then finally export to a couple dozen video output formats. Okay, the UI could be a bit more simple especially the selection of encoding codecs but other than that this is a truly fine piece of software. @Developer: Thank you very much for the work and effort you've put into this software! I really do appreciate it.
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Version 14.08.01
07 January 2015
The latest version at the web site is 15.01.
Version 14.08.01